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Accident involving a Spanish helicopter, no trace of 4 soldiers

Haiti: A Spanish military helicopter crashed Friday morning in Haiti, near the border with the Dominican Republic, and the four occupants were not located by the rescue, said the UN said.

The number 2 of the Spanish Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Juan Pedro Gomez, has refused to confirm the deaths of four people on board, saying he expected more details.

The accident occurred in Fond Verrettes, south-east of Haiti, at about 10:30 local time (1530 GMT), told AFP George Ola-Davies, spokesman for the UN Mission for Stabilization Haiti (MINUSTAH).

A Chilean MINUSTAH helicopter quickly arrived on the scene and the crew "has found the impact" of the accident but "was unable to locate the four occupants of the Spanish military aircraft," he added , noting that "the damage is enormous.

Because of the mountainous terrain, the aircraft could not land in Chile, and MINUSTAH has requested assistance from the U.S. Army has sent two helicopters Blackhawks, he said.

"We received a request for medical assistance and security of MINUSTAH, told AFP a spokesman of the U.S. Army.

The Spanish army has also sent equipment on site, "said Ola-Davies.

Source: Lenouvelliste (French)
Levanjiltv: English Translation

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